Pdf version of A New Republic of the Heart, a book by Terry Patten that addresses our global meta-crisis in all its aspects—environmental, economic, political, and cultural—from a breathtakingly all-encompassing perspective. Even more remarkably, it frames our global and societal crises and opportunities as challenges to us, now, personally—in terms that penetrate our usual abstractions and avoidance. In fact, our own future and the future of our very life-support system are shown to be utterly dependent on the quality, intelligence, tenderness, and courage of our ways of being.
In this book, Patten demonstrates, in the most convincing terms, that inner and outer transformation are entirely interdependent. He shows us the difficult, necessary, creative, and ultimately rewarding work we must each engage in to meaningfully address our most “wicked” problems. He shows how we are all in denial about our collective situation, and invites us to understand and come to terms with the built-in mechanisms that spawned our multifaceted crisis in the first place.
This book also movingly inspires us to our own potential for heroic goodness, which is latent in every human heart. We are shown the connections between personal growth, relationships, conversations, and a new, inclusive vision of community, public service and cultural transformation.